Published on : Thursday, July 15, 2021
Manchester Airport allowed the first passengers to pass through its new Terminal Two extension on Wednesday. Jet2 and TUI flights will initially operate from the flagship facility, with others to follow in the weeks ahead.
The extended terminal is the centrepiece of MAG’s £1 billion Manchester Airport Transformation Programme (MAN-TP), which was first announced in 2015. It was scheduled to open in the summer of 2020, but this was put on hold after the Covid-19 pandemic ground international travel to a halt.
To ensure the smoothest possible opening when flying resumes in earnest, MAG has agreed a staggered launch of the terminal with its airline partners. Jet2 started flying from there from July 14, with just three flights on the first day to Menorca, Ibiza and Palma de Mallorca.
TUI will operate flights from the terminal from July 15, with services to a range of destinations including green-listed Malta and Madeira. Singapore Airlines will move over on July 17th. With the government set to update the amber list exemption for double vaccinated passengers from July 19, further announcements about new flights from Terminal 2 will follow over the coming weeks.
That will see more airlines move across and more retailers and food and beverage outlets confirm their launch dates. Once bags are dropped-off, passengers are heading into the new security area, which has ten lanes that are 29 metres long. They introduce the latest technology, allowing passengers to flow through as quickly and easily as possible.
The new departure lounge is where the new terminal experience comes to life. New features include a honeycomb light installation with 16 million settings that proudly illuminates the space, giving a nod to the famous Manchester worker bee.
Karen Smart, Managing Director, Manchester Airport said in a statement that after a long wait, the airport is delighted to allow the first passengers to enjoy our new Terminal Two. She said it is a proud milestone for the airport as it begins to emerge from the restrictions brought about by the Covid-19 crisis, and an important moment in the 83-year history.
She said that the project was always about offering the modern airport experience that families and businesses across the north deserve as they travel through their international gateway to the world, and the new terminal certainly delivers on that goal.